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What will 2018 have in store for public services?

If turmoil is the new mode of twenty-first century politics, then 2017 didn’t disappoint. It was tumultuous to say the least and there was reason for concern for the future of public services. A storm of reducing budgets, rising demand and growing public expectation has been battering public services for some time now. Layer onto…

We are increasing the range of services we offer

To help public service leaders prepare for an uncertain future, we are increasing the range of services we offer to our clients. You may know us for our expertise in developing and growing alternative delivery models such as local authority trading companies and staff led mutuals etc. We will still continue to offer this support…

The battle for public service markets

Writing for HuffPost, Mutual Ventures Director Andrew Laird describes the public service market “battle ground” and makes the case for locally driven, balanced markets which engage both public-sector and independent providers. Our politicians are in a bit of a quagmire in terms of domestic policy. The June election kick-started an important debate on the role…

Public Services face the greatest uncertainty yet – but the show must go on

Writing for Public Sector Focus, MV Director Andrew Laird explores the impact central government instability has on services and what can be done about it. Public services are facing uncertainty… “So what’s new?” I hear you say. It’s true that the perfect storm of reducing or frozen budgets and increasing demand and expectations has been…

Integrating Whitehall: the case for a Department for Public Sector Reform

To achieve the goal of a coordinated approach to complex public service issues, integration must happen in Whitehall argues MV’s Emmet Regan. This article was published in the MJ – view here. Our public services will face unprecedented challenges over the next five years. The near impossible trifecta of rising complexity, increasing demand and reducing…

Moving care out of hospital – how far have we come?

To achieve the NHS’s ambition to move care closer to the home, focus needs to shift from commissioning reform to supporting providers to do things differently, says John Copps. Over the last decade, ‘moving care closer to home’ is a mantra that has moved from the side-lines to being part of mainstream thinking in the…

The fix? Improving public services through design thinking

Sneh Jani argues that public service providers need to embrace ‘design thinking’ to improve experiences, outcomes and make services more efficient. Traditional approaches to designing services have failed to achieve the step-change in outcomes demanded by the public. Taking a more radical approach to design, borrowing from the creative industry’s fascination with ‘user experience’, could…

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